Westminster Social Policy Forum

Next steps for the Northern Powerhouse - investment, infrastructure and economic growth

Morning, Friday, 26th October 2018

Central Manchester


This seminar will bring together policymakers with key stakeholders to assess next steps for the Northern Powerhouse, and for supporting regional growth across the North of England.

The seminar follows the publication of first ever National Infrastructure Assessment, which includes recommendations for £43 billion of long term transport funding for regional cities, with £400 million of extra transport funding already having already been allocated, including £100 million towards local road schemes to reduce congestion and £300 million for Northern Powerhouse Rail.

It also takes place as government announces the formation of the NP11 - a new body consisting of 11 Local Enterprise Partnership Chairs from the Powerhouse - which aims to act as one voice representing a modern day ‘Council for the North’.

Planned sessions will examine the impact on growth and innovation for Universities across the region, how the North can develop as a cultural hub following the announcement of a new £3m fund to support creative and cultural organisations, and the issues facing business in promoting economic growth locally.

Delegates will also discuss the initial impact of the introduction of Metro Mayors in the region, as well as the future for governance in the Powerhouse as the Government enters into discussions with the Liverpool City Region and Tees Valley to explore scope for further devolution, and with the Sheffield City Region electing its first Metro Mayor.

Guest of Honour

Henri Murison

Director, Northern Powerhouse Partnership

Guest of Honour

Henri Murison

Director, Northern Powerhouse Partnership

Keynote Speakers

Deborah McLaughlin

Managing Director, Real Estate Projects, Real Estate and Infrastructure, Capita

Barry White

Chief Executive, Transport for the North


Kevin Hollinrake MP

Member of Parliament for Thirsk and Malton and Co-Chair, Northern Powerhouse All-Party Parliamentary Group

Julie Elliott MP

Member of Parliament for Sunderland Central and Co-Chair, Northern Powerhouse All-Party Parliamentary Group


Graham Botham

Strategy and Planning Director (North), Network Rail

Justin Kelly

Director, Corporate Communications and Business Development, Siemens and Board Member, Northern Powerhouse Partnership

Sue Barnard

Senior Relationship Manager, British Business Bank

Marian Sudbury

Director, Exports and Investment, Northern Powerhouse, Department for International Trade

Councillor Judith Blake

Leader, Leeds City Council

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell

President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Manchester

A senior speaker confirmed from the Cities and Local Growth Unit